IDF (Zahal) Spokesperson
IDF (Zahal) will be responsible for escorting and securing the trucks, part of the annual export of Israeli grown apples into Syria
Date: 02/03/2010, 4:49 PM
Today, on March 2nd, 2010, apples grown by Israeli civilians in the Golan Heights will begin to be exported into Syria, in accordance with the directives of the Israeli government and the request of the International Red Cross. Apples will continue to pass into Syria for the duration of several weeks. This is the fifth consecutive year in which Israeli-grown apples are transferred into Syria.
The apples will be transferred via the Quneitra crossing, normally used for the passage of United Nations personnel. Representatives of the Red Cross in Syria will coordinate the export, in cooperation with UN officials and under IDF (Zahal) supervision. The IDF (Zahal) is responsible for escorting and securing the crossing of trucks along the Syrian border.
Over the course of the next few weeks, more than 30 trucks, carrying approximately 10,000 tons of apples, are expected to cross into Syria every day – compared to 8,000 tons of apples which were transferred in the previous year. The growth in exports was approved by the government last February.